Southwest Iceland continues to experience numerous major earthquakes that began on Wednesday morning. According to the latest data There have been – at the time of writing – 84 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or more since 09:53 on Saturday morning, a total of approximately 7,200 earthquakes of any magnitude since Wednesday morning.
However, it emphasizes that data from GPS measurements, gas readings and satellite images show it there are no signs of an eruption. Rather, these earthquakes are the result of significant movement along the part of the fault line that runs along the Reykjanes peninsula.
The seismic activity has mostly been located in Reykjanes and it is expected that this activity will not start to calm down until sometime this week. However, the earth is notorious for finding out what it intends to do or stop doing, and when, so this remains a plan.
Due to the proximity of the activities to the capital area, many residents of the capital area have felt the quakes and raised concerns about what a stronger earthquake could mean. Although Icelandic houses and buildings are very safe places to be during an earthquake, an emergency situation is already created. evacuation plan for the capital area. This would focus on evacuating part of the Reykjavík area rather than the entire city. At this point, it is considered very unlikely that it will need to be used.
The inhabitants of Reykjanes will be the worst affected by these earthquakes, especially the inhabitants of Grindavík. In a typical Icelandic way, many of them have chosen to deal with the danger with humor. Ólöf Daðey Pétursdóttir from Grindavík did earthquake bingo cards for her family, where boxes are filled out for where someone was and what they were doing when they felt the quake. It is not surprising that these cards fill up very quickly.
Grapevine will keep you updated on the situation. You can also watch the action live official website of the Icelandic Meteorological Office.
Source: The Nordic Page